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The archaeology has been a fascinating journey and Austral Tasmania have packed up their tools. They are now focusing on the analysis and recording of their findings. The comprehensive investigations have revealed significant new information about Hobart’s Aboriginal and European history and heritage. These findings will contribute to the

Open Day

The Montpelier Project and Austral Tasmania would like to invite you to an open day where you will be able to explore what has been unearthed so far on the site. This unique invitation will involve a tour of the foundations accompanied by an archeologist, who will

Archaeological tool

Archaeology, Week 7

The archaeologists are expanding the site to investigate houses that were built between 1860 and 1880. They also found a hole to investigate, which stands between Alexander Orr's outbuildings and his house.

Archaeology, Week 6

The team have excavated William Burge's house this week, who was listed as the owner for 5 Montpelier Road from 1865 to sometime before 1895. The house was a rental property for Burge and was described as a six-roomed cottage with a large garden. Montpelier Retreat

Archaeology, Week 5

The team have excavated two cess pits on the site, which were built at the rear of Alexander Orr's house. They were filled with domestic waste, capped and had plumbing installed in the late 19th to early 20th century. Find out how they knew where to dig and

A photograph of the first sermon written and delivered by Reverend Robert Knopwood in 1804. Courtesy of Tasmanian Archive and Heritage Office.

Knopwood’s First Sermon

Sunday, 26 February, 1804: Rev. Robert Knopwood delivers his first sermon in Van Diemen's Land. Soldiers and officers, dressed in their full uniforms, paraded in the morning then gathered to hear verse 43 or psalm 107, 'Whoever is wise will consider these things, and they shall understand the loving

Black and white photograph of two storey-ashlar sandstone house, built by Alexander Orr by 1845

Archaeology, Week 2

Investigations are beginning to reveal Montpelier Retreat's past. Over the past week, archaeologists have uncovered the foundations for Alexander Orr's house and outbuildings. Sarah McGuinness, one of the site supervisors, explains what they have uncovered. Orr arrived in Van Diemen’s Land in 1828 and bought the site

Archaeology, Week 1

The archaeological investigations have started on Montpelier Retreat and weekly updates on the findings and progress will be published on the website. During the first week, the team mapped out possible locations for the Reverend Knopwood's cottage and Alexander Orr's house and have started to peel back the layers to